Respect Pakistan's sovereignty, security concerns, China tells US

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 24, 2017

President Trump stated this in his first formal address to the nation as commander-in-chief while announcing a new strategy regarding Pakistan's neighbouring country, Afghanistan, where America landed with its troops after 9/11 attacks almost 16 years ago, Monday night aiming at achieving a "lasting peace".

Earlier, the Chinese Foreign Ministry had defended its ally Pakistan after President Donald Trump's new policy statement on Afghanistan and south Asia.

State Councillor Yang said China stood ready to keep communication open with the U.S. on Afghanistan and to help the nation's peace and reconciliation process, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Yang also asserted that both the nations needs to give attention to the vital role Pakistan plays in the Afghanistan issue, and respect Pakistan's sovereignty and security concerns.

She emphasized on diplomatic and political process for establishing peace in Afghanistan.

Tillerson, on his part, said that the US side is keen to work with the Chinese side to execute the important agreement reached by the two heads of state and promote communication and the cooperation.

Pakistan is a key buyer of Chinese weaponry.

Pakistan may want to link Kashmir to the US's revamped Afghanistan strategy but Washington today made it clear Kashmir isn't part of the equation.

The United Sates has reiterated to continue to support practical cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan on issues of mutual concern.

Wang also lauded Pakistan's effort to combat extremism and develop the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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